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Images: Legendary coach Gordie Kerkman calls it a career

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See images of legendary West Aurora basketball coach Gordie Kerkman through the years. Kerkman, who has coached West Aurora since the 1976-77 season, is retiring.

West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman walks off the court with the game basketball and a 60-55 Class 4A East Aurora boys basketball sectional championship win over Hinsdale Central. East Aurora Athletic Director Dennis Renner, right, congratulates Kerkman.
West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman walks off the court with the game basketball and a 60-55 Class 4A East Aurora boys basketball sectional championship win over Hinsdale Central. East Aurora Athletic Director Dennis Renner, right, congratulates Kerkman.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman implores the referees for a call in the second quarter of a game as part of the Batavia Night of Hoops.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman implores the referees for a call in the second quarter of a game as part of the Batavia Night of Hoops.
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Current West Aurora varsity boys basketball coach Gordie Kerkman is also one of the 100 IHSA legends named to sign a ball touring the state. Kerkman signs one of three balls passed to him by IHSA Assistant Executive Director Anthony Holman before stepping out onto the court with fellow legends Kenny Battle and John McDougal for an awards presentation.
Current West Aurora varsity boys basketball coach Gordie Kerkman is also one of the 100 IHSA legends named to sign a ball touring the state. Kerkman signs one of three balls passed to him by IHSA Assistant Executive Director Anthony Holman before stepping out onto the court with fellow legends Kenny Battle and John McDougal for an awards presentation.
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West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman gives instruction during a time-out in the Blackhawks' 53-50 win over Wheaton Warrenvile South in Aurora.
West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman gives instruction during a time-out in the Blackhawks' 53-50 win over Wheaton Warrenvile South in Aurora.
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West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman gives instruction to the team in the Blackhawks' 53-50 win over Wheaton Warrenville South in Aurora.
West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman gives instruction to the team in the Blackhawks' 53-50 win over Wheaton Warrenville South in Aurora.
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West Aurora's John McDougal, Gordie Kerkman and Kenny Battle are part of the IHSA legends announced. They signed basketballs in a school hallway before being presented to the crowd and given plaques to commemorate their honors.
West Aurora's John McDougal, Gordie Kerkman and Kenny Battle are part of the IHSA legends announced. They signed basketballs in a school hallway before being presented to the crowd and given plaques to commemorate their honors.
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West Aurora vs Downers Grove IHSA Class AA Boys Basketball quarterfinals at the Civic Center in Peoria - Coach Gordon Kerkman yells encouragement
West Aurora vs Downers Grove IHSA Class AA Boys Basketball quarterfinals at the Civic Center in Peoria - Coach Gordon Kerkman yells encouragement
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West Aurora at Naperville Central Friday-  West Aurora Coach Gordie Kerkman.
West Aurora at Naperville Central Friday- West Aurora Coach Gordie Kerkman.
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West Aurora vs Homewood Flossmoor IHSA Class AA Boys Basketball semifinals at the Civic Center in Peoria .
West Aurora vs Homewood Flossmoor IHSA Class AA Boys Basketball semifinals at the Civic Center in Peoria .
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West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman shouts out instructions to his players during their 70-59 loss in the IHSA Boys Basketball quarter finals in Peoria.
West Aurora head coach Gordon Kerkman shouts out instructions to his players during their 70-59 loss in the IHSA Boys Basketball quarter finals in Peoria.
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West Aurora alum and IHSA legend Kenny Battle is escorted off the court by cheerleaders Shada Rogers, left, and Kolette Bohr, followed by fellow legends Gordie Kerkman and John McDougal.
West Aurora alum and IHSA legend Kenny Battle is escorted off the court by cheerleaders Shada Rogers, left, and Kolette Bohr, followed by fellow legends Gordie Kerkman and John McDougal.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman is presented with the game ball by players Paul Clausen, left, and Jonathan Dennison on Friday, December 10.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman is presented with the game ball by players Paul Clausen, left, and Jonathan Dennison on Friday, December 10.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman earned his 700th win in December, 2010.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman earned his 700th win in December, 2010.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman earned his 700th win in December, 2010.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman earned his 700th win in December, 2010.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman breaks out in a smile with his team surrounding him as they are about to walk off the floor after Kerkman's 700th win presentation on Friday, December 10.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman breaks out in a smile with his team surrounding him as they are about to walk off the floor after Kerkman's 700th win presentation on Friday, December 10.
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West Aurora's Gordon Kerkman, far right, is presented with a team jersey stating his 700th win as coach at the school after the game vs Naperville North on Friday, December 10.
West Aurora's Gordon Kerkman, far right, is presented with a team jersey stating his 700th win as coach at the school after the game vs Naperville North on Friday, December 10.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman gathers the team during a time-out in a game vs Naperville North.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman gathers the team during a time-out in a game vs Naperville North.
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Westchester St. Joseph head coach Gene Pingatore, left, and West Aurora head coach Gordie Kerkman, whose teams will play each other in game three of the National Guard High School Hoops Showdown enjoy a moment during a news conference at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Schaumburg.
Westchester St. Joseph head coach Gene Pingatore, left, and West Aurora head coach Gordie Kerkman, whose teams will play each other in game three of the National Guard High School Hoops Showdown enjoy a moment during a news conference at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Schaumburg.
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Westchester St. Joseph head coach Gene Pingatore, left, and West Aurora head coach Gordie Kerkman, whose teams will play each other in game three of the National Guard High School Hoops Showdown speak during a news conference at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Schaumburg.
Westchester St. Joseph head coach Gene Pingatore, left, and West Aurora head coach Gordie Kerkman, whose teams will play each other in game three of the National Guard High School Hoops Showdown speak during a news conference at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Schaumburg.
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West Aurora Head Coach Gordon Kerkman keeps an eye on his players during a West Aurora at Waubonsie Valley boys basketball game.
West Aurora Head Coach Gordon Kerkman keeps an eye on his players during a West Aurora at Waubonsie Valley boys basketball game.
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West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
West Aurora coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
DAILY HERALD 2010 FILE PHOTO
Coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
Coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
DAILY HERALD 2010 FILE PHOTO
Coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
Coach Gordon Kerkman listens to a presentation after his 700th win at the school while the team waits in the background to present him with a special 700 jersey on Friday, December 10.
DAILY HERALD 2010 FILE PHOTO
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